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post #1 of 16 Old 10-17-2014, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Horse won't touch apples or carrots

hey guys, so I have a pretty picky pony, honestly won't touch anything that isn't grass or hay, or edible weed. So I was wondering what other healthy treats I might be able to give him, since he won't touch an apple or a carrot. thanks :)
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-17-2014, 09:52 PM
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Pats and rubs and scratches. You could just cut some up into small small bites and try to give him some that way.
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Pats and rubs and scratches. You could just cut some up into small small bites and try to give him some that way.
thanks but I meant, edible treats. and yeah I've tried that. he's just not interested.
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Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. Too many horses get pushy about taking treats and if he doesn't like them in the first place, you're ahead of the game. Horses don't need to be given treats in order to become close to their handler. A good rub accomplishes more than a treat can IMO.

If you really want to give treats, chop them up pretty finely into his feed. If he doesn't get hard feed, do it with hay or alfalfa pellets. You want the 'treat' to be small enough that he can't really push it out of the way to get his normal food. He'll get used to the smell and taste, then you can start giving them.

If there's another horse around that's polite about treats, use them. A horse will see another horse getting attentions and being fed and get curious about it.
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post #5 of 16 Old 10-19-2014, 11:51 AM
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My gelding doesn't like fruits or vegetables but he likes store bought horse treats. But I agree with BreakableRider, if he doesn't like treats I just wouldn't worry about giving him any.
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-19-2014, 11:53 AM
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do you only have the one pony?
I am interested to know, as I adopted a pony whose family moved out of state along with the two mares he lived with for about 8 years, and didn't want to take him :( I got another mare to keep him company but since they are my first horses, I'm considering
selling back the mare and keeping just him for awhile. Was wondering if your pony was the only one you have. And my pony loves treats! He'd rather treats than hay! And gets really pushy about it. I really don't like to give him any, but have to to put in eye meds.
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-19-2014, 12:02 PM
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Don't try to make him like something he doesn't. There may be a reason. Horses generally know what is good for them. And treats don't need to be food based. My horse is rewarded more by the offer of a treat, than the treat itself now. There are lots of times that I reach to give her a carrot and for whatever reason, she drops it, but is quite happy that I offered it as a reward. She knows she did something good because I offered it.

My horse doesn't like apples either. We had a horse that loved black licorice. We would cut it into 1" chunks and just one chunk was a treat. Lots of bad sugar in that treat :). Watch out for those store bought treats - lots of them have molasses and other crazy amounts of sugars in them. Rye bread is often a great treat. 1/2 slice is one treat. Not white or whole wheat bread though.
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post #8 of 16 Old 10-19-2014, 12:47 PM
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My mom's mare used to never eat any apples or carrots offered, although she would eat horse cookies. She was ranch bred and raised so it was probably because she had never had an apple or carrot before. It took some time but now she loves her apples and carrots. She's become rather adventurous and will taste most things offered. She doesn't like peppermints though, spits them out every time, whereas Cheyenne loves them

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Just keep trying other things. Eventually something will tickle his fancy.

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post #10 of 16 Old 10-19-2014, 01:56 PM
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Horseluvr, I have a mare named Cheyenne. But anyway, I have a mare that was never treated good as a youngster and as she was older, and she wouldn't touch a treat. I would offer her one, and she turn away, as if I was going to hit her. But one day on a trail ride, I was eating cheddar popcorn. Out of no-where, this scared-over-treats mare leaned over, grabbed my pop-corn bag, and shook it all over the ground. Before I could turn and look, she was eating it off the ground like there was no tomorrow. Now she's addicted. But I would try store bought treats, as I have a gelding who won't touch fruit, but loves peppermint flavored horse 'cookies'.

Out of 6 horses, I have 3 that will eat ANYTHING, one that won't touch anything that's not store-bought, and two that love bread, carrots, and apple. All horses have different tastes, likes, and dislikes. If your guy doesn't like them, it's okay! The picky eater I have gets and hay as a little reward, and it also makes him not be pushy!:)

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